18 days in California & Sonoma County Itinerary

18 days in California & Sonoma County Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary planner

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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Occidental
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, trek along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip site.

Moscow, Russia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Moscow to Yosemite National Park is minus 11 hours. When traveling from Moscow in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 17°C by day to -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Occidental.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Occidental

— 4 nights
Occidental is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma County, California, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Sonoma Canopy Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Fort Ross State Historic Park in Jenner (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Dutton Goldfield Winery, admire the natural beauty at Wild Flour Organic Bakery & Gardens, view the masterpieces at Patrick Amiot, and trek along Pomo Canyon Trail.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Occidental online day trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Occidental by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with highs in Occidental at 28°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Occidental

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, walk around Golden Gate Park, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

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You can drive from Occidental to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Occidental, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to fly to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. On your second day here, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to San Diego in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Diego, with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica Farmers Market (in Santa Monica). Pack the 14th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and shop like a local with The Grove.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Sonoma County travel guide

4.8
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · State Parks
Less than an hour from San Francisco, Sonoma County bills itself as the "Number 1 Wine Destination in the U.S." for good reason. Though not as famous as the neighboring Napa Valley, Sonoma County features a rolling landscape dotted with over 250 wineries. The county ranks among the country's most agriculturally productive regions. It turns out not only some of America's finest grapes, but also hops, prunes, and apples. The county manages to cling to its leisurely way of life--which is how the local nickname "Slow-noma" got started (despite the fact that the valley attracts nearly 8 million tourists annually)--and is really more about simple enjoyment than a jam-packed sightseeing itinerary. Napa may be better known, but as the crowds of visitors continue to clog the roads there, Sonoma's appeal as a vacation destination only grows.